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The Monumental Doge's Palace

One of the most renowned landmarks in Venice and a jewel of Gothic architecture, the Doge's Palace is a monument of great history in the area and a marvel for the eyes. The former seat of government of the city, as well as home to its rulers, the palace attracts a growing number of visitors each year to admire its imposing beauty.

The palace as we see it today started to take shape back in the 14th century, however, some parts were added later, creating its unique exterior. It features white limestone walls decorated with pink marble, intricately carved columns, huge windows, sculptures, and many more authentic decorations.

The Sala del Maggior Consiglio

The exceptional site consists of three major wings and offers numerous grand chambers to visit. One of the most exquisite ones in the Doge's Palace is undoubtedly the Sala del Maggior Consiglio (Higher Council Hall), grand not only in size but in its decor likewise. It also houses one of the biggest oil paintings in the world, depicting the 76 portraits of the Doge's of Venice, created by Tintoretto.

Porta della Carta

Make sure to also admire the impressive Porta della Carta, the main entrance of the Palace, considered to be among the greatest examples of the Venetian Gothic architecture. It illustrates the Lion of St. Mark and Doge Francesco Foscari kneeling in front of him, along with numerous other statues and carvings.

The Doge's Palace is a significant monument and an absolute must-visit while in Venice, thus don't miss the chance to see it for yourself while on a tour in Italy.

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